Improving Your CV and Covering Letter For Graduate Jobs

By: John Bult

In the UK, the Graduate Jobs market isalways one of the most competitive sectors of the economy. In timesof high unemployment, or even recession, the competition is likely tobe even more brisk.

The serious candidate in this Graduate Jobsarena therefore needs to be thoroughly professional in his/herapproach to the whole applications process. If there is any possible"edge" to be had by focussing in tightly on the applicationprocess, it needs to be investigated and, if possible, exploited.

That said, there is no reason for anyone to bepessimistic about securing Graduate Jobs, even in the presentcircumstances. Their search could well be successful even soonerthan they think. But the message is that they do need to bethoroughly professional in their search.

At this stage one would assume that the graduatejob-seeker is well able to find the advertisements for new GraduateJobs either in the newspapers, or via recruitment agencies, oreven via the Internet jobs boards. Our concern, therefore, will be tolook at what happens after the advert has been spotted.

The foundational principle that needs to befollowed is to treat every Graduate Jobs application withrespect. Many people seem to think that their best chance of beingsuccessful is to rush off as many applications as possible in theshortest time possible. Almost as though they think that theapplications process is some sort of lottery, and if they buy enoughtickets they should win eventually. This is what some of yourcompetitors will be doing, and it far from being the best strategy.

With this in mind we look first at the CV that youwill be sending to support your application for your GraduateJobs. Firstly, be sure that whatever you are going to send out ispresented to professional standards. Get professional help ifnecessary, it won't be that expensive. Remember, when the recruitersare reading it they will be forming an opinion regarding yoursuitability as an employee!

Secondly, try to keep in mind that not allGraduate Jobs are the same, nor do all graduate employers havethe same employee needs. It would pay therefore not to send out thesame CV for all the Graduate Jobs that you might apply for.Study the job descriptions carefully, and research the employersFree Web Content, andfine tune the CV as necessary to target what you see as yourimportant points in respect of each one.

The same sort of operation needs to be carried outin respect of the covering letters that you send with your CV. Theyneed to be tailored to look attractive to the Graduate Jobsemployer. They are in fact an opportunity for the candidate to "sell"himself to the employer as the best available candidate for "this"vacancy.

The very last thing that a candidate wants is forthe recruiter to receive his application and to form the opinion thatit has just been dashed off as part of a Graduate Jobs massmailing operation. That would be a first rate way of minimisinghis/her chances of even being considered as a serious candidate.

Follow this advice ... and maximise your chancesof getting to the interviews for those Graduate Jobs.

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